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Iwo Jima Changed Everything


 My Father's Story



"Well written, well researched, well everything!"

Bill Norberg, World War Two veteran



A daughter discovers a father she has never known - noted Author and Personal Historian Kathleen Shelby Boyett honors her father in this book by sharing his World War Two story - F. G. Shelby was a Base Intelligence Officer on Iwo Jima for the last part of the War in the Pacific and for the Occupation - and by sharing his dreams after the war was over.  Learn that a veteran can remake his life after wartime horrors and find meaning in life again. Learn that a veteran can experience deep heartache during wartime and learn to love again. A 1944 Air Intelligence School Manual supplies details of Shelby's duties, and a cache of photographs of Iwo Jima not seen for 70 years makes this book a real treasure.

"The real story of a man's overseas duty during World War Two, and his life in general, both before and after the war. Poignant and bittersweet, Ms. Boyett weaves a touching tale that only a daughter can, finding out in retrospect how those experiences on Iwo Jima shaped her father’s heart and influenced her life. A touching testimony to the veterans of that terrible war, Iwo Jima Changed Everything is well worth reading."  Bryan Boyett, Military Biographer

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Sailing into Danger




Come and experience the heart-stopping danger that was a sailor's lot in the Mediterranean during World War II. Feel the bombs dropped from the dive bombers targeting your ship detonate next to you and rock you with concussive blows. Feel the adrenaline flow through your body as General Quarters sounds and you rush to your battle station, never knowing whether you will live through the next few moments or not. Develop that comradery that only fellow sailors know aboard their "home" for the duration of the war. And at the end of the day, know you made a difference in the future of the world. Hear the story as only someone who lived it can tell it. Come sail into danger on the "Lucky Lud."

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Cannon Fodder on Utah Beach




"You are going to be cannon fodder, and most of you will be killed. We anticipate that three out of every four men will be dead within the first hour." (Commanding Officer of the 531st Engineer Shore Regiment)



Private Harold Granger was among the first to hit the beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944. His job was to crawl along Utah Beach, sticking his bayonet into the sand to search for German S-mines. His goal? To find them without detonating them and to come home in one piece. Follow Granger's World War II military career through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany through his remembrances and in the dozens of photographs he brought home. Join in honoring this French Legion of Honor veteran.

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Ultimate Sacrifice





In World War II, many men were called to sacrifice for their country and their loved ones. Some of those men were called to make the ultimate sacrifice - giving up their lives to save the ones at home. The Garrison brothers were two such men. After growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, the boys answered their country's call. Second Lieutenant Hugh Garrison remained Stateside during his thirteen months in the Army and lost his life in the skies over Mineral Wells, Texas. First Lieutenant Richard Garrison of the Army Air Corps' 449th Bomb Group flew twenty-six bombing missions over Europe before giving his life for his crew and his country in the skies over southern Romania. Join in honoring the ultimate sacrifice of these two brothers.

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Our Heroes Are Not Forgotten 4



World War II Veterans' Stories




We owe a debt of gratitude to the millions of men and women who served in World War II. Noted International Author and Historian Kathleen Shelby Boyett honors three veterans of the war in this book by sharing their stories. Come support the Normandy invasion by building the artificial harbors of huge, floating concrete barges called “Phoenix units” that made possible the invasion of the continent and the liberation of Europe with Master Sergeant Bain Sharar; come worship with the locals on Guadalcanal and write up autopsies with Technician Fourth Grade C.L. Brasfield; come fly combat missions over Germany with the 512th Fighter Squadron of the 406th Fighter Group with Major Richard Marshall; and come meet a Marine couple – Tom Perrone with twenty-six years of service spanning World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and his wife Sergeant Mary McAllister Perrone. Come and honor these veterans.

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World War II Veterans' Stories






We owe a debt of gratitude to the millions of men and women who served in World War II. Noted International Author and Historian Kathleen Shelby Boyett honors eight veterans of the war in this book by sharing their stories. Come invade and hold Okinawa with Corporal Gilbert Morris; suffer German 88mm gunfire on top of Monte Cassino with Private Lawrence Doby; manage German POWs in Mannheim with Tech Sergeant McLain Hall; assist in the International Military Tribunal for the Far East after Japan's surrender with Sergeant Morris Gamble; build landing craft and then suffer injury on the USS ULYSSES with Loy Wagner; sweep for mines with Pharmasist’s Mate Murphy Whisnant; and experience wartime England as a youth with Nigel Hickham. The book is filled with dozens of personal photographs, giving the reader a sense of "being there" with the veterans.


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 World War II Veterans' Stories


"Written so well. That is why you are an author. Thanks for doing

        such a fine job on my husband's family."  Bobbie Corzine


"I read the chapter on Dad when I got home - it was perfect. Shelby you summed it up so well. These books you publish are priceless. Dad would be so proud to be a part of this current book." Jenny Oxendine D'Entremont

 

We owe a debt of gratitude to our parents and the millions of other men and women who served in World War Two: members of what has been called "The Greatest Generation." Noted International Author and Personal Historian Kathleen Shelby Boyett honors eleven veterans of the war in this book by sharing their stories of life and of war, and of their dreams after the war was over. Come build roads with Engineer Ray Brasaemle; lead the Army's 7th Cavalry Band with Sergeant John Corzine and learn of the service of his father, Martin L. Corzine, in WW1 and his son, John E. Corzine, in the Cold War; escort "Bockscar" to Nagasaki with Ray Tarte; spend time in a German POW camp with Harold Frank; make the ultimate sacrifice on Okinawa with Harold Gonsalves; fly in India with one "unknown veteran"; sail on the USS Enterprise with Bill Norberg accompany MacArthur back to the Philippines with pilot Ralph Easterling; and liberate a concentration camp with Airborne Native American, Jesse Oxendine. Come and honor these special veterans.


Formerly titled "Life and War Book 2"

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Our Heroes Are Not Forgotten

 

World War II Veterans' Stories



"My siblings and I understand our parents better because of your book. Thank you!"  Daughter of Nell Mertins


"I had the book on display at the funeral home and several people read it. Everyone told me that it was a well-written story." 

Widow of John Ballard



We owe a debt of gratitude to our parents and the millions of other men and women who served in World War Two -- members of what has been called "The Greatest Generation." Noted Author and Personal Historian Kathleen Shelby Boyett honors six veterans of the war in this book by sharing their stories -- their stories of life and of war, and of their dreams after the war was over. Come battle through Italy with Warrant Officer Elmo Brock, and see tragedy strike him just after he came home; parachute into Europe with Major Fordyce Gorham of the 82nd Airborne; tend the wounded soldier across Europe with Army nurse Captain Nell Mertins; fly through the flak-filled skies of the Pacific Ocean with Lt. Leo Horvath; and lay communication lines across the Himalayas with Private John Ballard. Come and honor these special veterans.   

Formerly titled "Life and War"

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Flying Fearlessly




“We didn’t really consider the dangers – not really. I was just doing my part.”




John H. Moore was a Naval Aviator in World War Two. He flew the “Bent Wing Bird” – the Corsair – the aircraft he dreamed of flying. Journey with John through his youth in the 1920’s and 30’s; his pilot training; his thrilling time of military service in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, including his ocean crash; and through his continued commitment to our country in his Naval Reserve service. Come fly with a young man who flew fearlessly to preserve our freedom. Included in the book is a diary written by Moore himself, as well as a glossary of all the planes he flew.

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Keep 'em Flying



The WWII Diary of Walter Mauritzen





As a Crew Chief in the Army Air Corps, Walter Mauritzen saw almost every plane the Air Corps flew. He maintained the P-40 Warhawk, the B-26 Maurader, the A-20 Havoc, the C-46 Commando, the C-47 Skytrain, the B-29 Superfortress, the P-47 Thunderbolt, and the P-38 Lightening in his service with the 12th Air Force, 33rd Fighter Group, 59th Fighter Squadron. He was also detailed for the attack on the Kenitra Kasbah in Mehdia, Morocco and so had heart-stopping ground combat experience. Walter saw North Africa, Italy, China, and India in his war travels. His diary entries from 1943, when he was stationed all over North Africa, still survive. Come follow Mauritzen's fascinating Air Corps career in this three-part book including Walter's story, his diary, and a glossary of the aircraft he maintained.


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Letters from a Wounded Soldier





Sergeant Darrell Jennings Brock fought in the trenches of the World War 


Two European Theater. After stepping onto Utah Beach in the famed Normandy 


landings, Brock was twice wounded by enemy fire and required several 


surgeries and months of convalescence. Constant thoughts of home kept him 


positive and encouraged. His letters describe what it was like for a "farm 


boy" from East Tennessee to face battle without forgetting what he was 


fighting for - his loving parents and brothers and sisters back home.

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Destiny on the North Sea





    British Naval Lieutenant William Henden's World War One diary tells how he joined the H.M.S. TREGARON in 1914.  A fairly circumspect officer and a teetotaller, he only admits to the occasional dance with the ladies. He describes the Battle of Jutland, near misses by German U-boats, surviving rough weather, and other exciting facets of life onboard ship.

    German Naval Lieutenant Erik Von Rall's World War One diary describes his confidence in German Naval superiority, his supreme assurance in his own superiority, and his love for a woman. Then Rall's tumultuous love affair takes a surprising turn and he discovers what really matters in his life.

    These two very different men will be drawn towards each other as if by Destiny - on a Collision Course to understanding the commonality of all men.



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Shelby's Movie Companion Book for the movie, "Free State of Jones":

             FREE STATE OF JONES AND PARALLELS



The man held his shotgun close to his body as he darted through the woods. Branches and vines slapped at his face and arms, leaving small cuts in their wake. His heart was pounding, and his breath came in short gasps, barely able to keep up with the pace of his legs, which churned at the top speed the dense woods would allow. He could hear the bloodhounds barking behind him. They seemed to be getting closer...

For a number of years now, the hunt has been on to find out the real truth about Newton Knight and his compatriots, and about the Free State of Jones.  Who was Newt Knight – a cowardly deserter and a murderer, or a hero who stood up for his beliefs? As with all long-told stories, the truth lies somewhere between these two extremes.  Discover the truth about Newt's story, and discover interesting parallels to Newt's story in the lives of other men in the Southern states during the Civil War: men who supported the Union from within the Confederacy, who escaped to the Union lines, and who chose to defy convention with interracial relationships.

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Boys in Butternut



Fighting for Southern Independence




Southerners are reluctant to completely give up their heritage - one that they consider to be just about history and honoring their ancestors. Join noted International Author and Historian, Kathleen Shelby Boyett, in listening to the voices of the past and celebrating the stories of some Confederate veterans who hoped to "secure the blessings of liberty" for themselves and their posterity. By keeping their memories alive, their dreams of "a government of the people, by the people, and for the people," are not forgotten.



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Secrets Lie with Fallen Sons



A Family Find Forgiveness



This is the story of the Hill family - a family that gave the ultimate sacrifice for a cause they believed in: a free nation with the right to determine its own destiny. The problem was that the men of the family felt that this would be accomplished by fighting on opposite sides of the conflict. The family sacrificed for both the Confederacy and the Union, giving up its sons in the process. Travel back in time and experience the Hill family's dramatic story of guerrilla warfare in northwestern Arkansas and the battles in the southern theater, as well as the gripping story of the Hill family's deep personal secrets. You will be reminded of the sacrifices people have made for our country, and this story of tragedy and forgiveness will touch your heart.


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ON BOTH SIDES - Civil War Ancestors



Noted Personal Historian Kathleen Shelby Boyett had ancestors on both sides of the Civil War conflict. One ancestor walked or rode over 8,000 miles in the little-discussed New Mexico Campaign, which was the Manifest Destiny dream of the Confederacy. If not for a thunderstorm, Ms. Boyett wouldn't be here to tell his story.  Another ancestor was a Confederate spy.  Just like Newton Knight, who founded the “State of Jones” in Jones County, Mississippi during the Civil War, two of Ms. Boyett’s ancestors with Union sympathies found themselves trapped in Confederate-held territory. Like Knight, they kept their allegiance with the Union. Why did one of Ms. Boyett's wealthier ancestors in Alabama support the Union to the tune of over $4,100 worth of horses and food?  What determination of spirit led to the harrowing story of the ancestor who escaped Confederate-held Tennessee on the Underground Railroad, piloted over the mountains to Kentucky during the dead of winter, only to be captured later in the Cumberland Gap?  On a humorous note, Ms. Boyett postulates at the end of the book that perhaps her ancestors' varied decisions are the reason she sometimes cannot make up her mind!

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Letters of a Reluctant


Confederate






John Calhoun Birdwell's letters, written home to his wife, Adaline,

during the Civil War, reveal his deep love for his wife and children.

The letters also reveal that he was not entirely happy about serving

in the Confederate Army. After all, he was thirty-three years old

and had a wife and five children with whom he wished to be

spending his time. Adaline's letters to John give the reader a glimpse

into the problems entailed in running the family farm in the

husband's war time absence. Then, at the end of December 1862, John's letters abruptly stop. Discover what happened to John Birdwell

with International Author and Historian, Kathleen Shelby Boyett, as she tells the Birdwell’s story.

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Patriots, Hessians, Refugees & Spies




These are the stories of the author’s own ancestors in the American Revolutionary War. They came from different backgrounds and they took different parts in the conflict. Join Samuel Meals as he patrols hostile waters with the Virginia Navy, chasing and eluding British ships. Spend time in a British POW camp in New York and a Whig jail in Virginia. Face danger and intrigue as an American spy. Charge up Kings Mountain and then attend a "lynching." Walk the refugee trail, leaving your home behind forever. Desert in the Colonies as a hated Hessian soldier. Spend the winter at Valley Forge. Stand by a mass grave and mourn a fallen soldier. Witness the victory at Yorktown. Feel the excitement of the American Revolution!

 

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Secrets of a Backcountry Cemetery


*Featured at the Charlotte Museum of History*



Nestled on a hillside, down a lonely, rural country road, lies a once almost-forgotten cemetery which has held its secrets for over 200 years. This cemetery could be in your own community.  Maybe you have always wanted to know the secrets it contains.  Using a unique format, this artful book tells the secrets of the lives of cemetery inhabitants in the Carolina Backcountry who lived during the period of the American Revolution. The reader is presented with short stories told from the woman’s point of view; with poetry and narrated sequences; and with the documented facts from which these were derived. 

   This book includes the stories of Adam Alexander & Mary Shelby; David Williams & Phebe Calhoon; Patriot Samuel Gilkey & Loyalist Walter Gilkey - who was hung after the Battle of Kings Mountain; and Isaac Williams & Mary Emory Williams Davis. Let celebrated author and Historian Kathleen Shelby Boyett help you to experience the American settlers’ experience in the dramatic days of the fight for independence. The secrets of American cemeteries are waiting to be revealed. Are you ready to hear the truth?

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Women of Pioneer Spirit



The author's own pioneer ancestors grace the pages of this book. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, these pioneer women come alive through their stories. The accounts of their lives on the American frontier in the 1700s shed real insight on the frontier period and on the hardships and difficulties that women endured. The women in the Civil War period faced the most devastating time in our nation's history. The author's more ancient ancestors faced vastly different challenges on different shores. Their courage, their fortitude, their endurance, their determination, their strength, and their loving hearts are all qualities that the twenty-first century reader can appreciate and emulate. Their ability to find joy in the beauty around them and in their loved ones can be an encouragement to each of us as we face our everyday lives. If these pioneering women had the spirit of surviving well, no matter what they faced, then certainly we can have it as well.


 

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John Markham: 


The Origins of Virginia's Pirate 





John Markham operated a mercantile business in Alexandria, Virginia from the 1680s through the early part of the eighteenth century. To fill his coffers, he traded back and forth with his native England for goods that the Colonies needed and vice-versa. He was said to be a daring, greedy rascal who did not mind hurting others to get what he wanted. Handsome and dashing, he was also popular with the ladies of the period. Then one day in March of 1683, he turned a corner in his privateering career, a turn that led him into outright piracy. Yet, there are those who say John Markham never existed. Who is telling the truth? Here for the first time, the family stories are told and analyzed so as to get as close to the truth as is possible. Was Lewis Markham, respectable sheriff and associate of the Washington family, the father of Elizabeth Markham? Or was her father John Markham, the devilish pirate?  Set sail on the high seas and discover the answer with noted International Author and Historian Kathleen Shelby Boyett.

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The "Uprooted" Series

Infused with subtle humor, the Uprooted Saga is written in an easy, conversational style, as if Ms. Boyett is speaking directly to you, the reader. Not afraid of the truth, she tries to get to the heart of family traditions, proving some and disproving others. Using Y-DNA evidence, she peers into the distant past to find the deep ethnic origins of some family surnames. In many instances, the narrative reads like a detective story, where you, the reader, get to make discoveries along with the author. You will experience both touching moments and exuberant ones as you trace these families from the Mediterranean and the European continent to America.  Noted Personal Historian Kathleen Shelby Boyett takes you on an exciting journey of discovery into the past, wherein you will find the very foundations of our American story told in the lives of the men and women who lived it firsthand. 

"Uprooted" Volume One

In this volume, the reader will meet a Civil War POW; a Bluebeard in Brittany; a man who wrote a diary of his wagon train trip west; a Seaman in the Virginia Navy during the American Revolution; a family who was run out of their home country losing their citizenship and all their possessions; connections to a Confederate President; a friend of George Washington; and an actual pirate of the Caribbean. Volume One includes the surnames: Coon, Power, Meals, Coffman, Kneissle, Williams, Lovell, Marshall, and Markham.

"Uprooted" Volume Two

In this volume, the reader will: experience two shootouts in the old west; ascend Kings Mountain during the American Revolution with the patriot militia; attend a hanging by torchlight; discover ancient DNA; meet Vikings on the Isle of Man; start the first settlement in eastern Kentucky; and visit Scottish royalty. Volume Two includes the surnames: Nuner, McMinn (Menzies), Gilkey, Boyett, Phillips, Birdwell, Looney, Harman, Allen, and Cunningham.

"Uprooted" Volume Three

In this volume the reader will: experience planter life in South Carolina; feel anger at the destruction of a family cemetery; try to solve the mystery of the Vaught men; discover a Swiss family with Middle Eastern roots; take a steamboat journey; settle in early Georgia on Creek lands; make your home in a cottage on the green in Kent; meet a Tudor loan shark and Lord Mayor of London; and sip tea with British Royalty.

Volume Three includes the surnames: Hill, Vaught, Tobler, Winder (Del Feigenwinter), Deans, Herrin, Gresham, and Henden.

"Uprooted" Volume Four

COMING SOON!!!


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